RPI in the News: The Future Called, It Wants Its Cloud Back

December 30, 2017 | via: Fox Business News - If you are old enough, you remember a time when having a phone required an actual phone line coming into your house or business. Names like Ma Bell and all the little Baby Bells ring a bell. "Hold the line" and "the wires have somehow gotten crossed" were not uncommon phrases. All obsolete today. And then some. Cell phones, the breakup of the Bells, and fiber optics changed much of that. The days of POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service)—analog signals over copper loops—have been over for years. But the Cloud is challenging traditional telephony even further— changing the way businesses, their employees and even consumers make and receive phone calls. "Cloud telephony is a new name for something called Voice Over IP, except in a business context," said James Hendler, director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. "It’s been used by consumers for 10 or 15 years," he said, mostly by people who wanted to make long-distance calls on their computers to avoid phone bill charges. “Moving whole companies to the Cloud," he said, "is much newer."

Computer Science Department Announces Passing of Terry Hayden

It was with great sadness that Computer Science Professor and Department Head Charles Stewart, Ph.D., recently posted a notice announcing that Terry Hayden, Senior Student Services Coordinator for the Computer Science department's graduate program, passed away on Monday, January 16. Terry, who joined the department in 1995, was a friendly, welcoming presence to whom students could turn for help with any problem, and she will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at Rensselaer's C+CC at 11:00am on Saturday, February 11, with a reception to follow; please see the Bryce Funeral Home website for more information.

RPI Cheerleading Spring Tryouts to be Held January 24

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: '87 Gym
Description: Calling anyone with an interest in supporting RPI and showing school spirit to RPI Cheerleading team's spring tryouts! No experience is necessary, just come dressed in athletic clothing and your best smile! For the first hour, a clinic will be held in which participants will be taught basic cheerleading skills; tryouts will be held during the second hour. See you in the '87 gym!
Contact: Alisa Emag 646 464 4258


Rensselaer Union Speakers Forum to Present Ndaba Mandela

Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: EMPAC Concert Hall
Cost: Tickets will be free, but required.
Description: In a presentation titled "The Village Idiom: Empowering Youth through Education, Interconnectivity and Employment," Mr. Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, will address the critical issue of how education and interconnectivity leads to employment in all areas. Ndaba also "educates audiences on how to literally apply the tools it takes to realize his grandfather's eternal message of the importance of education."
Contact: Rensselaer Union 518-276-6505



Rensselaer Hosts FIRST® Robotics Kickoff Event

The FIRST® Robotics Competition season is now underway, following the kickoff event held on Jan. 7. This year, Rensselaer will once again host the New York Tech Valley Regional competition, which will be held March 16-18 on the Rensselaer campus in the East Campus Athletic Village. Thirty-six teams of high school students from the Capital Region, New York state, South Carolina, Canada, India, and Turkey will participate in the competition.

School of Science Schedules Town Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Auditorium
Description: Members of the campus community are invited to attend the Spring 2017 School of Science town meeting, during which join Dean of Science Curt Breneman will provide an update of what's been happening in the SoS, and discuss his latest vision for the School of Science and how shared goals can be realized.
Contact: School of Science 518-276-6305


From Mail Services: New USPS Postage Rates to Become Effective January 22

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced price changes for various mailing and shipping services, with the new rates to go into effect on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

From RPI History Revealed: Continuing Up the Hill: William Weightman Walker Laboratory

Walker Laboratory was one of the first two buildings erected on the Warren estate property, which was purchased by the Institute after the 1904 fire which destroyed the Main Building. Built as a new state-of-the-art facility to accommodate the Institute's growing student body, the Walker Laboratory was completed at the end of 1906 and was named in memory of Dr. William Weightman Walker (Class of 1886), whose mother was a major benefactor to Rensselaer after the Main Building fire.

Engineering Ambassadors to Hold Info Session

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: JEC 3210
Cost: Free!
Description: The Engineering Ambassadors will be holding an informational session to kick off their recruitment process! A group of elite engineering students with a passion for educational outreach, EAs work with local schools to promote STEM exploration and make engineering more accessible to a younger audience. Come to the info session to learn more about the club, meet some of the Ambassadors, and get some free food!
Contact: Nick Ziter



Engineering Ambassadors Schedule Second Info Session

Thursday, February 2, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: JEC 3210
Cost: Free!
Description: The Engineering Ambassadors will be holding an additional informational session to kick off their recruitment process! A group of elite engineering students with a passion for educational outreach, EAs work with local schools to promote STEM exploration and make engineering more accessible to a younger audience. Come to the info session to learn more about the club, meet some of the Ambassadors, and get some free food!
Contact: Nick Ziter